And half a world away, Blackbeard the pirate leads a party of colonial luminaries back across the Atlantic to discover what has befallen the Old World. With sails a Choctaw shaman whose mysterious connections to the invisible world warn him of a confrontation as violent as it is decisive Feb Characters: Still young Ben, very nice.
I liked his friends a lot. Isaac could have been developed more, but oh well. Sir Newton has once again isolated himself from the world at large as he makes further investigations and experiments into the strange spiritual beings dubbed the Malakim, who seem to be influencing world events towards the destruction of civilization and science. Ben is sent on a variety of strange tasks, while being kept in the dark as to Newton's experiments. Things come to a head when he's almost assassinated, and gains a new companion Meanwhile, Adrienne is scavenging for survival in the remnants of France and eventually is part of a group making for Vienna, as a bastion of calm amidst the storm of armies on the move.
In America, the colonies have been cut off, receiving no word of what has befallen London, or the other troubles besetting Europe. They form a joint expedition of both English and French colonies, as well as the formidable presence or Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate.
They strike out across the Atlantic to see what has stopped trade and news from the old world, as they try to survive the now much harsher new world. They are joined by the Indian shaman Red Shoes, who has a very different perspective and relationship with the spirit world, one which puts him squarely in the sights of the puritan minister, Cotton Matter. Eventually, their paths with cross in an epic confrontation between armies, as well as between science and spiritual forces, all of which have a strong interest in the course of history.
Apr 18, Adysnewbox rated it liked it. This was a much more "fun" read than its predeccesor, if a little less intellectual. I enjoyed the steampunk-y world set up in "Newton's Cannon," and after the intense finale of that book, it made sense to have everything in the sequel be a disorganized, chaotic mess. I never thought I'd read a "post-apocalyptic Revolutionary War-era" novel, but now I can proudly say that I have! The premise: What would happen if there was a "nuclear option" in the warfare of this time period?
How would that wor This was a much more "fun" read than its predeccesor, if a little less intellectual. How would that world be fundamentally changed as a result of such a "doomsday device"? While I don't think this book explores these questions with as much depth as it could have, it's still an interesting concept that is decently portrayed. Perhaps the author worried the first book was too talky? At any rate, the reader never has to wait for too long before another disaster befalls some of our heroes.
I also appreciated that some of the mysterious questions brought up in the first book were finally answered in this book.
Not ALL the questions, mind you, but enough of them that I was reasonably satisfied. However, I found some of the ifrit's powers a little vaguely outlined, and so I didn't always understand how they accomplished the things they did. I suspect Mr. Keyes has a tough time writing good climaxes to his books.
The final battle of "Calculus Of Angels" was a hot mess, and it was often hard to figure out what was going on. Sort of a "throw everything at the wall, see what sticks" method of writing. However, it can't be denied that the characters are set off in a new, different direction, with new goals, and that's okay, because it promises for another fun entry in the series.
Here's hoping! The ideas are certainly interesting, though I'm not exactly fond of the whole religious note. The writing can occasionally leave a little to be desired, but there are also really nice moments, especially during dialogs. In all, not exactly something I ended up being enthusiastic about, but a good book nevertheless, and one that I'm sure was a whole lot more work than it appears, as alternative history always is, even when you don't try to turn all known science on its head, create your own and a The ideas are certainly interesting, though I'm not exactly fond of the whole religious note.
In all, not exactly something I ended up being enthusiastic about, but a good book nevertheless, and one that I'm sure was a whole lot more work than it appears, as alternative history always is, even when you don't try to turn all known science on its head, create your own and actually have it make sense while still roughly sticking to the world we live in! Ok this one took longer for me to get in to even though the action took place a lot quicker than the first. Again many historical characters have been drawn in to the storyline but apart from that the story gets even more fantastic - new characters are brought in and old ones leave the stage - there are 2 more books in the series you can see things even though chaotic enough here are drawing to an even larger more cataclysmic conclusion - however now i am actually looking forward to reading the Ok this one took longer for me to get in to even though the action took place a lot quicker than the first.
Again many historical characters have been drawn in to the storyline but apart from that the story gets even more fantastic - new characters are brought in and old ones leave the stage - there are 2 more books in the series you can see things even though chaotic enough here are drawing to an even larger more cataclysmic conclusion - however now i am actually looking forward to reading the next instalment a feeling i didn't share with the first volume. Ben is really in the thick of things.
Apr 07, Tbloxham rated it liked it. While still an amusing trip through a weird alternate europe I begin to see problems with the number of characters being strung together. Adrienne especially seems annoying and superfluous, as she serves only to be awesome at everything without good reason. Still, barring that this is a very enjoyable work.
Sep 29, Stephen rated it it was amazing. The second in an old, favorite series. I like the way the author mixes magic, science, and religion into a wholly believable alternate universe, one in which Ben a Franklin is called upon to defend Venice from the flying ships of of the Tsar. Think of it as a kind of proto-Steampunk. It's a quick, fun read. Oct 30, Fatbaldguy60 rated it liked it.
The same as the first one, I liked this better the second itme around. There is just so much to absorb that I guess it took more reading.
I generally prefer not to do this, but these were good reads. Feb 17, Monica Cook rated it really liked it. The amount of research that would have gone into writing this series is astounding.
The second book is as good as the first, even if it does get a tad bogged down in scientific theory at times. If you like alternative history, give this series a go!
Mar 03, Boyd rated it really liked it Shelves: alternate-fantasy. You have to read all of them to get the full picture. But I think the first one is still the best book. Although, this book was a real turning point for the story. With his life as a Privateer taking him from China to Chicago, Egypt to the East End, the danger and wry wit keeps coming in this much-anticipated sequel to a Steampunk epic adventure.
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Top charts. New arrivals. Greg Keyes December 22, Forty years later, the world stands poised on the brink of a new dark age.
England is in ruins, crushed by an asteroid called to Earth by the very alchemy Newton unleashed. France is in chaos following the long-delayed death of Louis XIV. And in Russia, Tsar Peter the Great, now host to the evil entity that kept the Sun King alive, seizes a golden opportunity for conquest as he marches his unstoppable army across a devastated continent. Meanwhile Newton and his young apprentice, Ben Franklin, hide out in Prague, awaiting the inevitable violent collision of all these disparate elements—human and demonic alike—while a fugitive Adrienne de Mornay de Montchevreuil pursues the secrets of the malakim and her own role in their conspiracy to obliterate humankind.
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